American Propaganda on Comics during the Cold War

Yıldız, Berfin (2016) American Propaganda on Comics during the Cold War. Other thesis, TED Ankara Koleji.

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This essay investigates the question "How did American propaganda against Communism during the Cold War influenced comic books in between 1947-1991?" This investigation uses a variety of primary and secondary sources. Using Fredrik Strömberg's "Comic Art Propaganda" 1 as guidance, which contains thorough analyses of the comics "Is This Tomorrow" 2 and "This Godless Communism" 3, published by the Catechetical Guild and George A. Pflaum respectively to demonstrate the main ideas of propaganda in comics. Furthermore, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' "Watchmen" 4 series were used to display a more grounded and less unilateral towards the nuclear war aspect of the Cold War. Following with a specific analyses of the Marvel Comics characters Iron Man 5, Black Widow 6 and the Winter Soldier 7, this essay uses their first appearances in the series as sources, along with quotations from Paul Fellman’s essay titled “Iron Man: America’s Cold War Champion and Charm against the Communist Menace”. 8 The Extended Essay is broken down into five main sections, the abstract, introduction, investigation, conclusion and bibliography (followed by the Appendices if necessary). The investigation is the main body of the essay. The investigation begins by briefly outlining its own structure to then present and evaluate the source material. The main conclusion reached in the investigation is that American propaganda was definitely featured throughout the comics that were published in the time period of 1947-1991, using comics as a visual and intriguing art form to distribute anti-Communist ideas.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Additional Information: Supervisor: Tümay Timuçin
Uncontrolled Keywords: American propaganda, Communism, Cold War, comic books
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
E History America > E151 United States (General)
Depositing User: Users 114 not found.
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2016 06:08
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 09:44

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